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plea for gun control and then spent hours answering senators' questions. mark kelly joins us this hour live in "the situation room." >>> plus, the mother of an american woman making her very first visit overseas and vanished in turkey. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room": >>> we begin with a deadly storm here in the eastern part of the united states. there is wind damage all across the southeast, some of it from tornadoes. one death is reported in tennessee, another in georgia. right now the worst weather is crossing georgia. cnn's miguel marquez is in adairsville where there is significant damage. tell us what is going on. >> reporter: huge damage. at least one person, we understand, was killed when a building collapsed but fortunately not where i'm standing, at least not that we know of. this entire area -- this looks like it was someone's -- part of somebody's lunch that was being made is here. across the road, this is the main road in adairsville, georgia. two roads are completely destroyed. you can see the cars that are flipped over and semitrucks are flipped over as
. you know, you're going to have wayne lapierre of the nra, also mark kelly the famous astronaut. we also hear, gabby giffords, his wife, the former congresswoman may also make a statement. what do you want to hear in there today? >> well i think we've all believed for a long time there is, there is something that can be done, particularly in the area of background checks. we want to make sure that the criminals don't have access to guns. and those who are not, in a mental state, to have guns, they shouldn't have them. there are things that we can do there to broaden background checks that currently happen. so i hope that that's where we can make some progress the. martha: you don't hear that much about the mental equation here. who is really pushing for that out there and making their their priority in this discussion? >> well, there have been talks about that. it's a difficult, difficult, nut to crack. it really is. but, i got to make some progress there. i think that is where, like i say, if you want to really impact gun violence, that's where you can make a difference. martha: al
is driven by trying to inject fear into the culture. it's all fear based. >> and -- >> i thought mark kelly was the best of all. >> we're going to show all this because there was such powerful testimony on capitol hill. >> did you see it? >> it was great. i got a big laugh out of wayne lapierre. he actually trotted out the survivalist argument. >> i know. i saw it. we're going to show it. >> we might have a hurricane, and then it's going to be like stephen king, zombies. you know, you get three shots into a zombie, seriously. did anybody read "the road"? did anybody read "the road"? has nobody seen "the book of eli"? has nobody seen "the book of eli," really? that gary oldman character, he's scary. and if you just have a glock -- >> okay. >> you won't see a bible. >> no, you are cooked. a street sweeper. >> i need my bushmaster because the zombies are coming after me. there's going to be a tornado. the power grid's going down. locusts are going to descend from heaven. is glenn beck still selling survival seats, willie geist? >> i didn't get the subscription when he went to the new network.
if congress will show the same kind of courage gabby giffords displayed today. her husband, captain mark kelly, also testified. kelly's message, demanding change is not the same as taking away people's guns. >> we take that right very seriously, and we would never, ever give it up, just like gabby would never relinquish her gun, and i would never relinquish mine. but rights demand responsibility. >> giffords and kelly are pleading on behalf of common sense here. this is why gun safety opponents like the nra's wayne lapierre need to create multiple straw men instead of talking about the facts. the gun lobby will do anything to keep all guns free from restrictions. fewer restrictions means more sales, which means more money for gunmakers and manufacturers and guys like wayne lapierre. >> if you try to do this universal background check, which sounds whatever, it ends up being a universal federal nightmare imposed upon law abiding people all over this country. criminals will ignore it. so what is the point of the whole thing? >> this is lapierre's newest argument. a universal background check won
. >> giffords and her husband mark kelly argued for stronger regulations on guns, specifically for universal background checks on all gun purchases. so we wanted to ask you, what do you think? is it time to take action about gun control? should there be background checks on all gun sales, including those at gun shows? let us know what you think on the "nightline" facebook page or tweet us @nightline. thanks for watching abc news. we hope you check in with "good morning america." they're working while you're sleeping. we'll see you here tomorrow.
shooting in 2011, and came to capitol hill with her husband, retired astronaut mark kelly to push for tighter gun restrictions. members of the senate judiciary committee are discussing an assault weapons ban and strengthening background checks. >> when i bought firearms in vermont, i go through the background check. i would expect everybody else to. >> reporter: nra executive vice president wayne lapierre is representing the powerful gun lobby at the hearing. >> let's be honest. background checks will never be universal because criminals will never submit to them. >> reporter: while gun control is getting new attention here on capitol hill, getting laws passed is an uphill battle. republicans as well as many democrats are strong supporters of gun rights. >> the 1994 assault weapon ban did not stop columbine. the justice department found the ban ineffective. >> reporter: senator diane fine stain has already introduced a new assault weapons ban. senator chuck schumer is behind feinstein's bill, but he is not optimistic it will pass. >> but i think we're going to give it the old coll
, former congress member gabrielle giffords and her husband mark kelly. giffords told lawmakers the time is now and you must act. also on the hill nra vice president wayne lapierre. >> my problem with background checks is you're never going to get criminals to go through universal background checks. >> the criminals won't go to purchase the guns because there will be a background check. we'll stop them from the original purchase. you miss that point completely and it's basic. >> senator, i think you missed it. >> let there be order. >> just a taste of the conflict ahead between getting any new legislation passed will be tough with gun rights supporters on both sides of the aisle. >>> let's party a bit down in new orleans. wusa9 anchor andrea roane there is for our glitz and blitz team coverage. at super bowl xlvii, hey, andrea. >> reporter: hi there, derek. look where i am, on stage at snug harbor here with the uptown jazz orchestra and its leader delcio marsalis and we'll listen to them play a little, but this is what louisiana is all about, great food, great music and it's all right h
including giffords husband mark kelly. in the two years since she was shot in the head, the two have pushed for tighter gun controls and they are getting help from california senator dianne feinstein she just introduced an assault weapons ban last week and expected to have a lot to say to the nra executive director. wayne lapierre is testifying before the senate. >> he makes his claim that everybody is entitled to these weapons. my view everybody is seattleed to -- is entitled to be safe. >> reporter: what the group executive director is saying when i meet with you next. >>> also this morning two conservative action groups are holding a news conference outside of senator dianne feinstein's san francisco office. to oppose her assault weapons ban. the western representation pack is teaming up with the women warriors pack. the news conference is scheduled for 10:00 this morning at one post street. >>> your time is 6:17. this week oakland could lose the crime fighting help it has been getting from the california highway patrol if oakland doesn't start paying the chp for it crime fighting effort
americans for responsible solutions. giffords' husband mark kelly cofounded the organization with her. he gave powerful testimony as well today. >> we believe wholly and completely in the second amendment and that it confers upon all americans the right to own a firearm for protection, collection, and recreation. we take that right very seriously, and we would never, ever give it up just like gabby would never relinquish her gun and i would never relinquish mine. but rights demand responsibility. and this right does not extend to terrorists. it does not extend to criminals. and it does not extend to the mentally ill. >> one more thing i want you to see. following this morning's testimony, gabby giffords and mark kelly met with president obama in the oval office. so david corn, i show you all that and i ask how can the momentum to the extent that momentum exists right now on the president and the white house side, how can it be maintain snd how do you maintain that level of emotional testimony? >> well, it was quite an emotional moment watching gabby giffords get up there courageously and
, said husband mark kelly. yet gabby giffords' halting words. >> too many children. >> reporter: here as a survivor of the tucson assassination attempt that left her partially blind and partially paralyzed. >> you must act. be bold, be courageous. >> reporter: giffords and kelly, both gun owners, want congress to expand background checks to gun shows and private sales to make it harder for criminals and the mentally ill to get weapons. >> my wife would not be sitting in this seat. she would not have been sitting here today, if we had stronger background checks. >> reporter: but this first hearing on guns since the newtown massacre had another center of gravity. the national rifle association's ceo, wayne lapierre. >> should we have mandatory background checks at gun shows? >> if you're a dealer, that's already the law. >> reporter: of all the gun-related ideas on the table, democrats believe universal background checks has the best chance politically. >> we'll stop them from the original purchase. you missed that point completely. and i think it's basic. >> senator, i think you miss -
it is. gabby giffords' husband, mark kelly. >> and that's the difference. other victims are now speaking up, and to see gabby yesterday and her husband by her side talking about this, these were strong nra supporters, and yet they see what can be done. >> i think -- >> 20 dead first graders -- >> go ahead, ron. >> i ws going to say in closing, 20 dead first graders has a way of concentrating the mind. >> right. >> it's a serious conversation. it's an american conversation. thank you, congresswoman carolyn mccarthy of new york and ron reagan. >>> we have one more note about the epidemic of gun violence in this country. yesterday we told you about 15-year-old hadiya pendleton of chicago who was fatally shot in what may have been a gang turf war after having performed in washington with her high school band for the inaugural music festival. it all happened since then. we learned in 2008 she was featured in a video speaking out against gun violence. here is part of that video. >> so many children are fearing gangs, and it's your job as students to say no to gangs and yes to a great future. [
. >> testify for some curbs will be retired astronaut mark kelly, gifford tuscan. gifford is a democrat and a gun owner. >> now to the latest on superbowl 47. in about an hour from now coach harbaugh will hold a press conference. we take some of the live in you could watch the entire thing on our 24/7 bay area news channel, comcast 193. >> here you can see the players with coach jim harbaugh gathering together for their team photo in new orleans yesterday. harbaugh took some time out yesterday to press his brother, john we will face off against in just a few days and superbowl 47. >> i don't have the experience he does and the playoff appearances etc.. we know the task and great challenge ahead of us. >> media day yesterday did not come without controversy of commons. one of the most talked about was the 49ers why receiver randy moss. he used to be a star, but has not had a big role since he has joined the niners this year. still moss thinks he's the best receiver to play the game. >> i think now that i am older i do think i am the greatest receiver to ever do it. i did not live on numb
. mark kelly who's the husband of a victim of gun violence, he's going to be there. he's obviously been somebody who's been outspoken in terms of what they would like to do in terms of future things. the other thing, republicans were able to put two of the panelists on there. it's the first conversation that will spark many other hearing at the judiciary committee. >> i want to close by talking about two articles from you all. some of your latest piece pieces. first one perry, on the agree owe, on debt ceiling obama forces republicans to blink. >> their policy they call it the boehner rule. for every dollar increase in this debt ceiling we have to have a dollar in cuts to match that. the president said earlier this month, i'm not doing that anymore. we are not going to keep negotiating over the debt ceiling. this is our obligation over. the republicans have conceded the president had won the argument and are now -- this week they ebb extended the debt ceiling with no accompanied spending cuts. the republicans will cede that issue to him. >> your latest article, mitt romney i'm not going
and with the headlines have been different? that would've made a big difference. say if the guy that mark kelly talked about, he was a hair's breadth from shooting an innocent person. the fact is the guy held both of those people on the ground, the assailant and the innocent person, and kept him from reloading the glock with another 33-round clip. did that make a difference? host: diane is in julian, california, democrat. caller: how are you? i did not hear your question? host: we have been asking have your views changed? caller: the question is, it has strengthened my views on gun control. we know that the president is traveling to minnesota today, where they do have. i do not know all the laws in minnesota. i do have relatives there. the president's agenda is to strengthen the background checks, also, a ban on assault weapons, and improve the mental health care system. i have been in law enforcement many years. the men i have worked around, some have never had to use their service revolvers. we are in a different culture now, a different behavior, a different lifetime. i've been around where there h
and it will be a showdown between two powerful names. on one side, the ceo of the nra will testify. on the other side, mark kelly, the husband of former congresswoman gabrielle giffords will thereby to support new gun control rules. and we hear now that giffords herself may speak at the beginning of that hearing. >>> developing story out of alabama. police trying to negotiate with a gunman who is holding a six-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker. it all started at 4:00 p.m. yesterday in midland city. the 65-year-old suspect boarded a school bus, shot the driver, and grabbed a boy. >> he started telling him he needed a kid because something about the law coming after him. then he shot the bus driver and the driver's foot was gas and we went backwards and everybody started screaming and then the bus driver was still there and we just all got off the bus and went to a neighbor's house. >> gretchen: unfortunately the bus driver did die. swat team members still on the scene of that house. they've been communicating with the gunman. we're told the child needs medication and the suspect has allowed poli
the national rifle association are set to face off with advocates for weapon control, including astronaut mark kelly, the husband of wounded congresswoman gabrielle giffords. >>> help is on the way for victims of superstorm sandy across the northeast. the president has signed into law a $50.5 billion measure to allocate funding for the recovery effort. it took congress three months to give the bill the green light. >>> how did nick wallenda cross the road? take a look. on a wire about 200 feet above it. here is the bird's-eye view. it's taken from a camera hooked on to his balancing pole. it may make you nauseous. some 12,000 people came out to watch the death-defying stunt. no tether, no net, matt, savannah and al. it is 7:11. >> i'm dizzy just watching it. >> he had cameras on both ends of the pole. >> mr. roker, back with more of a check on the weather. >> the west coast for our friends watching live. for the most part, not a bad day out there. tucson, 56. 34 and snow showers in salt lake. billings 34. 48 in seattle. look for a cloudy day down in san diego. temperatures of 65 degrees. eugen
and frustration drove gabby giffords and husband, mark kelly, back to capitol hill wednesday two years after the shooting that nearly took her life and did take much of her eyesight and ability to spea speak. >> we must do something. >> reporter: working from her speech therapists handwritten notes, giffords pushed herself to deliver her handwritten message. >> you must act. be bold, be courageous. >> reporter: but a different message from the head of the national rifle association. wayne lapierre who rejected democrats proposal to inject background checks at gun shows and gun sales. >> we have to look at what works and never works. my problem with background checks, you will never get criminals to go through universal background checks. >> that was the first hearing related to guns since newtown. others are planned like mental health issues and dealing with violence in video games. senate democrats will have to lead the charge on this and say they expect to have some kind of bill written to get it going over the next month. >> kelly o'donnell in washington, what i'm sure will be an emotiona
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